Saturday, April 15, 2017

Trench: God our refuge

Saturday, April 15, 2017
    Holy Saturday
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
    —Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)
If there had anywhere appeared in space
    Another place of refuge where to flee,
Our hearts had taken refuge in that place,
    And not with Thee.

For we against creation’s bars had beat
    Like prisoned eagles, through great worlds had sought
Though but a foot of ground to plant our feet,
    Where Thou wert not.

And only when we found in earth and air,
    In heaven or hell, that such might nowhere be—
That we could not flee from Thee anywhere,
    We fled to Thee.
    ... Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Poems, London: Macmillan, 1874, p. 152 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 91:1-2; 46:1-3; 139:7-10; Jer. 23:23-24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I have sought You, and You found me.

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